Since SoHarlem’s inception, it has experimented and explored a range of cultural industries field and many of the creative entrepreneurs SoHarlem has assisted established their own cottage industries. Based on experiences and needs expressed by the creative community, the Cultural Industries Incubator is currently focused on developing micro businesses related to the fashion industry.
The Cultural Industries Program, with its focus on apparel, also begins to address the fashion industry’s continued struggle with racial equity. The greatest demand from creative entrepreneurs in Harlem has been from designers of color who have limited access to affordable work space, and who cannot afford historically expensive apparel services that were once common in the Garment Center.
SoHarlem is uniquely structured to nurture up-and-coming creative entrepreneurs by modeling best practices, offering the knowledge, resources, space and access to manpower necessary to launch their micro-enterprises in the Manhattanville Factory District. Simultaneously, SoHarlem focuses on developing the skilled workforce needed to build a sustainable business.